Funding support for this detailed trail planning effort has been approved by both Glenwood Springs City Council & Garfield County Commissioners! Be sure to thank these elected officials when you get the chance. Read on for more details.
The Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan was issued in Feb. of 2015. One outcome of this plan is the prioritized need for a detailed trail system plan focused on city owned parcels of land in South Canyon, with future expansion of the system on to adjacent BLM lands. This complicated zone offers a rare opportunity to create a high density trail system with significant mileage close to Glenwood Springs.
RFMBA & Two Rivers Trails are currently raising funds from city, county, and private sources to design a multi-use soft-surface recreation trail system. The South Canyon Trails Plan will include on the ground trail flagging, mapped trail system design, and cost estimates for trail and trailhead construction.
So far, we’ve received endorsement from the G.S. River Commision, and we’ve received a grant to support the plan through Garfield County’s LiveWell mini grant program. Coming up over the next couple weeks, we’ll be seeking endorsement and additional funding from City Council and from the Garfield County Board of Commissioners.
Our intention is to secure funding that allows a professional trail system designer (with a great resume) to work on the plan through this spring and early summer. A public draft during late summer of this year would allow a final version by Sept. 2015. Pending the outcome of the plan, implementation of the system could begin in 2016.
We’re excited about the prospect for a high quality trail to be developed in South Canyon, and we hope you’ll spread the word and share your thoughts. Investing in great trails here will make both the Roaring Fork & the Colorado River valleys better places to live and visit. Stay tuned as we announce updates and opportunities for public feedback.